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BA single honours film Production 2018/19

Year of entry

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Film Production aims to develop professionally skilled analytical thinkers. You will acquire specialist skills and produce practical work that reflects your passion and creativity, which will make you employable in the media industries and in a range of other professions. You will also develop an understanding of media theory and the ability to use it as a foundation for your own research. You will develop your ability to communicate with confidence both verbally and in written work.

The course helps you become ‘multi-skilled,’ developing your technical and creative skills to the professional level needed for entry into the film industry and other creative industries.

Film Production is a new and exciting programme of study for students who want to work in the film industry or in other areas of the creative industries. Film Production is a practice-centred degree that provides you with a highly marketable mix of technical and production skills and theoretical knowledge. The degree teaches you the key skills you need for a career within the creative industries, which is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the UK and global economy. The programme places particular emphasis on dramatic storytelling, but these skills are transferable to other production contexts. Regular visits from current professional practitioners will enrich your studies and offer valuable up-to-the-minute insights into industry skills and practices. The programme is taught in the School of Media, Art and Design’s specialist facilities, which include industry-standard equipment and software, including Arri, Blackmagic, Avid, Final Draft, Movie Magic and Adobe products.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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In Years 1 and 2 you will study films and filmmaking and develop the skills necessary to produce short films including screenwriting, editing, directing, producing and cinematography. In Year 3 you will specialize in a key skill-based area that contributes to the production a major dramatic project. The programme offers you the intellectual stimulation to expand your horizons and the space to explore your own artistic and creative potential.

Work experience

Students are regularly encouraged and offered opportunities for work placements across the creative industries.

The programme offers you the opportunity to work on a range of film projects and develop specialist film-production skills. The teaching team is a creative mix of practitioners and theoreticians. Guest speakers from industry, including from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the independent television sector, provide industry insights and expert masterclasses. The programme’s Industry Advisory Panel ensures that the curriculum remains current and maintains industry standards.

Core modules

Year 1

Screenwriting: Foundations in Narrative Storytelling

In this module you will study the practical and theoretical application of writing for the screen. You will analyse the elementary building blocks of writing for film and television and apply them creatively through a series of writing exercises that culminate in the script for a short film.

Introduction to Film Production

This module introduces you to the effective and safe use of digital film production equipment. It provides the opportunity to develop creative, technical and organisational skills through active participation in a series of exercises.

Film Production Project

The module extends your film-making skills and develops you knowledge of industry practices through the production of a short film. You will work as part of a team and be expected to take on a specific and significant production role.

The Art and Craft of Film Editing

This module provides you with an understanding of editing practice and looks at the development of the editor’s craft in classical cinema as well as other key influences upon film form. Through the production of a number of short editing exercises you will examine the relationships between practice and theory.

Reading the Moving Image

This module places the study of moving image production into a historical context, looking at how narratives and meaning are negotiated and how they impact on the viewer. You will study key concepts, for example authorship, genre, mise-en-scene and consider the ways in which filmmaking practices impact on the creation of texts for television and film. You will learn how to apply the analysis of moving image form and content to your own creative practice.

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 1

This module builds on your pre-existing skills to help you to make a smooth transition to Higher Education and the challenges it presents. The module will encourage a reflective and self-managed approach to your study, time management, research and work-readiness, which will begin to prepare you for work in the creative industries.

Year 2

Directing

This module explores the relation between director and actor and considers the ways in which the camera and edit mediate the performance. Through practical workshops and exercises topics such as casting and working with non-actors are examined, offering creative solutions that students can take into their main assessed projects.

Film Production: Script Development

Using screenplays developed in the screenwriting module, you will learn how to produce an animatic and/or filmed response that will be the pilot for a more substantial short film.

Film Production: Main Project

The emphasis of this module is to select the pilot films that have been trialed in the pre-production module and re-imagine them as high-quality short films that are suitable for public exhibition.

Students also choose THREE modules from the list of Year 2 options, one of which must be practical, one theoretical and one professional.

Year 3

Screenwriting and Script Editing

This module builds on your earlier study of screenwriting and enables you to explore more substantial drama formats. You will examine scripts from an industry perspective and consider the needs of specific audiences. There will be the opportunity to write long-form material that could be developed into a production in Year 3.

Film Production: Pre-production

This module is the pre-production phase for the Final Project. You will follow industry-standard planning and pre-production procedures to produce an appropriate project proposal or ‘pitch’. You will develop your proposal into a pre-production portfolio comprising a collection of supporting materials.

Film Production: Final Project

The Final Project is a double-weighted module that gives you the opportunity to synthesise the technical expertise you have acquired throughout the programme to work as part of a team to create an ambitious professional production. The Final Project will add to your showreel and act as your ‘calling card’ when seeking professional employment.

Professional Perspective in the Creative Industries 3

The module prepares you for entry in to the creative industries by developing key skills in presentation, pitching, networking, portfolio management, and teamwork. The module focuses on work readiness by examining freelancing, self-employment, and setting up a micro-business. You will respond to briefs set by industry experts to simulate the experience of a creative industries pitch. You will have contact with industry professionals who will help to set project briefs and offer feedback on your work.

Students also choose ONE module from the list of Year 3 options.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Students must choose ONE of the following Practice modules:

Cinematography: Designing the Frame

You will gain practical hands-on experience of moving-image production technologies and learn how to light, control exposure and compose for the camera. The module is delivered through practical workshops, lectures and screenings.

Documenting the Real

This module examines different forms of television documentaries and how they have been shaped by social, institutional and technological circumstances. Drawing on a range of examples, you will critically consider the ethical and contextual issues when filming with real people. These conventions and methods will also help you to create your own short documentary, which aims to engage an ever more demanding audience.

Editing: Practice and Theory

You will develop understanding of the historical development of editing practice and examines the relationships between practice and theory. A key element of your learning will be the production of a number of short visual exercises.

Students must choose ONE of the following Theory modules:

American Independent Cinema

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of American independent cinema since the end of the 1950s and its relationship to mainstream Hollywood cinema. You will study the work of the pioneers of the independent cinema aesthetic. You will reflect on what might constitute the independent aesthetic and explore oppositional, transgressive approaches in independent cinema and its symbiotic relationship with the mainstream.

Film Sound and Music

You will examine the theoretical frameworks in which film sound has been understood and relates them to production practices and developments in film sound technology. You will also consider the ways in which sound works to produce meaning and emotional effects for the audience. The module aims to enable you to make critical connections between film and other forms of auditory experience in order to better understand the use of sound in cinema.

World Cinema

This module aims to introduce you to a variety of international films and develop their ability to critically engage with specific expressions within the context of national identity, industry, genre/movements, themes and style. You will examine a number of movements and styles and be encouraged to interpret the significance of films and place them in the context of the larger cultural systems of which they are a part.

Students must also choose ONE of the following Professional modules:

Professional Perspectives in the Creative Industries 2

This module prepares you for work-related experience in the creative industries, which is an important step towards your future employment. Tailored workshops and industry guests will help you to understand popular trends, issues and markets in order for you to make the best of these opportunities.

Global Experience in Media, Art and Design

You will develop your appreciation of cultural differences and how these affect your professional practice by carrying out a media project abroad. To complete the project you will need to apply the skills that you have learned on the programme so far, and engage with the host culture.

Year 3

Students must choose ONE of the following modules:

Art Film and Video

This module will enable you to place art film and video within a critical context in relation to the avant-garde in other art forms and to contemporary audio-visual culture. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the historical and theoretical contexts of art film and video production, which will enable you to engage with questions of expression, representation, meaning and affect. The module will allow you to make informed connections between film and video and production, key works in art cinema and video art, and contemporary cultural discourse.

Cinematic City

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the meanings of space and place in contemporary cinema, with particular attention to the construction of the cinematic city. You have all visited cities in your imagination through film and television representation and this module explores the theoretical framework for thinking through how the “real” city and the “imagined” cinematic city are intertwined.

Editing: History, Technique, Art and Craft

This module will further your critical awareness of editing practice and theory and the historical development of editing procedures. You will analyse a range of relevant cinematic texts, practical productions and technical exercises and learn how editing is used to create meaning, which will inform your own production work.

Film Production prepares you for employment in the Film Industry but the skills you develop would open up opportunities in the wider creative industries, which is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the UK and global economy.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Text books No purchase is mandatory.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the Course

The degree is structured to provide a balance of two-thirds practice to one-third theory.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, screenings and workshops.

Each year of the programme is made up of modules totaling 120 credits. Each 20-credit module has up to 50 hours of directed learning including lectures, seminars, workshops, one-to-one and group tutorials and feedback on assignments. Teaching is supported by online resources containing suggestions for reading, ideas for class discussion and guidance on preparation for lectures, seminars and assignments. The online resources help you to learn flexibly and in a way that suits you and are of central importance to the delivery of independent creative practice and project work.

You are also expected to put in 150 hours of self-¬directed study and practical work for each 20-credit module.

You will be assessed using a range of methods, including reflective analyses, group project work, presentations, reflective journals, blogs and essays. There are no written exams.

We now have planning permission to build a new £12m arts facility in Canterbury, equipped with the latest technology and bespoke learning spaces for our arts and humanities students.

We expect our new arts building to open on the main campus in September 2018, with building work starting this summer.

Our main campus in Canterbury has city centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.


We have a variety of different digital film and video cameras including the Panasonic HPX 250, Black Magic Cinema and URSA cameras and the Arri Amira. Post-production facilities include Avid and Adobe After Effects software on an Editshare network.

BAFTA award-winning director Tony Smith, who has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years, runs workshops on the programme in which he shares his experience of the creative process which students can apply to their own creative practice.

Film Production has links to various independent production companies and professional filmmakers. Guest lecturers from industry provide masterclasses and professional guidance. The BA Film production has been developed out of our long running Film, Radio and Television Programme and we have an industry advisory panel made up of industry contacts and alumni of the FRTV programme who are now high ranking members of the media industry who advise on curriculum design and who also contribute to the third year module Professional Perspectives in The Creative Industries. This innovative module provides our students with the opportunity to do a mock pitch to module tutors giving them a strong sense of having responded to a “real world” creative brief. The module was used in a recent HEA report as an example of best practice in directed independent learning.

The programme is linked with NAHEMI (National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image) and MECCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association).

Jane Milton is a documentary filmmaker who has won a BAFTA and Grierson award for her television programmes. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy for her teaching.

Tim Jones is a documentary filmmaker who has won awards at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival, The Cinema World Fest and Headline International Film Festival. He has also won awards at the Canterbury Christ Church University for his innovative teaching and a Canterbury City Council award for his research on archive film.

BA Film Production is a recent development from our long established degree, Film, Radio and Television, which started in 1980, long before most other media production courses started in the UK.

Thelma Schoonmaker Powell, three time Academy Award Winner and martin Scorsese’s editor is an Honorary Fellow of the University.

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UCAS code

  • P313 Film Production, BA

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018

Entry requirements

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